All 20 Premier League clubs ranked by height – smallest to tallest revealed!

first_img 20 20 Joint 7. Manchester United – Average height = 182.8cm 20 Joint 7. Sunderland – Average height = 182.8cm Joint 17. Norwich City – Average height = 181.4cm Joint 14. Liverpool – Average height = 181.8cm 9. West Ham United – Average height = 182.7cm 20 20 20 Joint 12. Leicester City – Average height = 182cm 20 Joint 12. Newcastle United – Average height = 182cm 20 2. Chelsea – Average height = 184.4cm 11. Swansea City – Average height = 182.2cm 20 Joint 5. Southampton – Average height = 183.3cm 20 Joint 17. Arsenal – Average height = 181.4cm 20 20 20 20 20 20 1. Stoke City – Average height = 184.8cm 20. Everton are the smallest team in the Premier League, with an average height in the Toffees’ squad of 180.5cm – Joint 14. Tottenham Hotspur – Average height = 181.8cm 19. Manchester City – Average height = 180.6cm 4. Watford – Average height = 183.7cm 20 20 16. Bournemouth – Average height = 181.6cm 20 20 Joint 5. West Brom – Average height = 183.3cm 3. Crystal Palace – Average height = 184.1cm Size doesn’t matter, we’re all told, and here at talkSPORT we think we’ve found the definitive proof.With a little help from the CIES Football Observatory we’ve taken a look at the average height of all 20 Premier League sides and ranked them from smallest to tallest.You might think having a number of goliath defenders in your backline would help keep the goals out, while impish attacking stars can weave their way through any backline. But it turns out it doesn’t seem to make a difference at all.To find out which Premier League side is the tallest, click the right arrow above… 10. Aston Villa – Average height = 182.5cm last_img read more

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Students show progress on API

first_imgTo view individual school’s performance, visit the California Department of Education Several Whittier-area school districts made double-digit improvements in California standardized testing last spring, according to results released Thursday by the California Department of Education. Administrators credit effective strategies, such as focused curricula and more teacher collaboration, for students’ growth on the latest Academic Performance Index (API) report. The API is a combination of student assessment results in English-language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The statewide API goal is 800, and the median for California schools in 2006 was 745. “We were really pleased because one of our schools that struggled, Evergreen Elementary, scored 55 points more than last year,” said Linda Welch, assistant superintendent of educational support services for East Whittier City. Welch said her district hired a consultant to work alongside each of the 13 schools throughout the last year. The goal to consistently assess areas in which students are floundering academically has paid off, she said. API scores are important for California schools. They set the bar for measuring whether schools meet federal and state-mandated education criteria. Phillip Perez, superintendent of the Little Lake City School District, said the annual API report is a good litmus test for students’ academic performance. This year’s API report returned a “mix show of results” for Little Lake City, Perez said. Five of the district’s nine schools did not meet their growth targets, while the other four doubled or exceeded their goals. “There’s some very good news and there’s some areas where we need to redouble our efforts and strive for growth,” Perez said. Little Lake City received a 717 average API score and demonstrated the smallest growth – a 2-point increase – among Whittier-area schools this year. District officials remain optimistic nonetheless. “Our staff is working hard to build academic proficiency in academic subjects,” Perez said. “The challenge is simply to adhere to a plan and build consistency in our efforts across each campus.” Results of Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and the California High School Exit Exam, given to high school seniors, are used to make up the API score. Others with double-digit API growth were El Rancho Unified School District, whose scores rose by 20 points to 707, and the Los Nietos School District, which received a 698 – 18more points that last year. Teenagers in the Whittier Union High School District also fared well on state tests, said Superintendent Sandy Thorstenson. Whittier Union’s overall scores increased by 17 points to 694. This growth placed local high schoolers in the 89th percentile in growth countywide and also exceeds the average growth of 12.2 points in California high schools. Whittier Union officials said implementing a comprehensive program centered around use of common instructional materials, ongoing assessments of academic performance and interventions for students who are not achieving their academic goals was the key to districtwide academic growth. “\ hard work, attention to academics and drive to succeed is largely responsible for this rise in our test scores,” said Thorstenson. “The data demonstrates that the intense and focused work of our staff is also paying real dividends for our students.” For a complete chart of the 2006 API scores, visit www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/apireports.asp. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAmong the highlights of the 2006 report was Lowell Joint School District, one of the smallest Whittier-area districts with only six schools. Superintendent Patricia Howell said her district may not have had a double-digit score increase on the latest API – the district improved by 9 points – but students still helped reach a districtwide milestone. All of the district’s schools met or surpassed the statewide goal. “This is the first year that all have been over 800, so we’re extremely proud,” Howell said. Also notable was a 36-point score increase in the East Whittier City School District, where students earned an API average of 766. It was the largest improvement in the area. last_img read more

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Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea poised to sign new deal, believes Redknapp

first_imgJamie Redknapp believes David De Gea will sign a new long-term contract at Manchester United.First-team duo Ashley Young and Phil Jones put pen-to-paper on new deals at Old Trafford earlier this month, while Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay also penned extensions earlier this season. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL REPLY “The pressure on Solskjaer will come when he has to go and sign players. Ferguson wasn’t just a great manager, he was brilliant when it came to recruitment too.“He identified the right type of player who more times than not was a big success for Manchester United football club.“United’s signings of late haven’t been great at all. There are some fantastic talents on their books, but they need a couple more if they are going to seriously challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.”Jamie Redknapp was speaking on behalf of TAG Heuer, Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League to promote the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test (http://tagheuerpressuretest.com/). He added: “There will probably be as many as 12 or 13 players in that Manchester United squad who wanted to leave when [Jose] Mourinho was there.“They didn’t want to be at the club. It’s as simple as that. That isn’t the case now.”Redknapp feels Solskjaer is in pole position to land the manager’s job, but says the true measure of his capability will come when he has to bring new players into the club.“If they got in the top four four it would be incredibly hard not to give him the job,” he said.“United certainly still need to sign a few players to improve the squad, though.“They need to find the next Nemanja Vidic. You only need to look at Liverpool to see the impact Virgil van Dijk has been made at Liverpool.“He’s turned them into serious title contenders. 3 whoops huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Tagheur Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Jamie Redknapp spoke exclusively to talkSPORT on a range of topics The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest And the former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder thinks it won’t be too long before De Gea’s future is resolved, with Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera also in talks over extending their respective deals.He told talkSPORT: “I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if David De Gea signed a new deal.“He seems really happy at United, so I think they’ll get that one over the line.“There are a few others like [Marcus] Rashford who will probably sign extensions too.”Such is the renewed optimism around the United squad, Redknapp doesn’t see many players moving on in the summer – a situation he didn’t foresee just a matter of months ago. David De Gea is likely to sign a new deal at Manchester United, according to Jamie Redknapp gameday cracker 3 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed SORRY Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in pole position to land the United job on a permanent basis tense last_img read more

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Neil Lennon brands Hearts ‘irrelevant’ after Hibs win

first_imgHibernian head coach Neil Lennon branded Hearts “irrelevant” following his side’s Edinburgh derby victory and said Craig Levein’s comments had come back to haunt him. Lennon’s counterpart Levein had claimed Hearts restored “natural order” when they beat Hibs for the first time in 10 games to knock them out of the Scottish Cup. But on Friday Lennon watched his team extend their lead in the Premiership over their capital city rivals to 12 points thanks to goals from Scott Allan and Jamie Maclaren.The Hibs coach lauded his side’s “outstanding” display at Easter Road. He said: “(Hearts) are irrelevant to us now. “We are looking up the table rather than what’s behind us.“Look, I don’t want to give soundbites and get into another verbal spat.“You make these statements and they will always come back to haunt you at some stage. It’s come back to haunt them after four or five weeks.” Lennon added: “We could have won the game by more.“We have handled the psychology of a big game, again, very, very well and we have got the bragging rights back, for how long, who knows?“But the gap is huge now between us and them, and the gap on the pitch is huge as well.”When asked if he regretted his post-match comments from January, Levein was unwilling to offer a direct response..He said: “Listen, Hibs played exactly how I expected them to play.“We just didn’t do well enough in possession of the ball.“Better than we have been doing recently, in the last third of the pitch when we had opportunities to play a composed pass, we ended up rushing things.“At the other end we defended really well, John (Souttar) and Christophe (Berra) were excellent.“We played man for man at times and they dealt with the threat, until those two throw-in situations, which is something that is really annoying.”last_img read more

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Andy Murray ‘touched’ by support after tennis retirement

first_imgAndy Murray has said he has been touched by the support he has received since announcing his retirement from tennis. The 31-year-old is aiming to finish his career after Wimbledon but may have to retire following the Australian Open.The former world number one received a cuddle from his mum Judy after a “tough day”.He struggled through a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday ahead of the tournament starting in Melbourne next week. Murray was on the verge of tears as he entered the press conference room and, asked how his hip was feeling, managed to say “not great” before being overcome by his emotions and having to leave the room.He returned after several minutes to deliver his devastating news, saying: “Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time.“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”Murray, from Dunblane, will contest his first-round match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday but that may prove to be the final match of his illustrious career. In a post on Instagram, Murray said: “Best way to feel better after a tough day is a big cuddle from your mum. “Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today.“It means a lot and has made me feel much more positive than when I woke this morning.“Thank you so much.”last_img read more

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MPP Rick Nicholls leads charge to scrap Ontario’s pit bull ban

first_imgChatham-Kent––Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls, a longtime supporter of ending breed-specific dog bans, is leading the charge to try to overturn Ontario’s contentious pit bull legislation.A private member’s bill was tabled by the Progressive Conservative MPP Tuesday that targets the Dog Owners Liability Act with measures to reverse bans on the dogs in Ontario.The current legislation, Nicholls argues, discriminates against pit bulls and their owners.“Two facts are simple,” Nicholls said Wednesday. “Firstly, dog attacks come from every single breed, with numbers actually going up since the pit bull ban came in.“Secondly, public opinion overwhelmingly supports ditching this ban.” Nicholls cited more than 20,000 signatures on petitions that support repealing the breed-specific legislation.He said the goal of his bill is to create “breed-neutral legislation.”The Dog Owners Liability Act was passed in March 2005 under the Dalton McGuinty-led Liberal government after a number of high-profile attacks.Darlene Wagner, 73, a retired Canada Post letter carrier, was one of those victims, receiving a lot of media attention when two pit bull-type dogs mauled her while she was delivering mail in a north Chatham neighbourhood in June 2004.Wagner, who was 58 at the time, had her right ear torn off by one of the dogs and suffered two broken wrists in the attack.She is worried about the ban being reversed.“I just hope it doesn’t get turned over,” Wagner said Wednesday. “I’d be terrified if it does.”Wagner said she still thinks about the attack.Wagner said her wrists remain weak and doctors could only perform so many surgeries on her ear, which she continues to hide with her hair.“That was a horrible time in my life,” she said, adding the injuries to her wrists forced her to retire.Nicholls empathized with Wager, saying he understood her concerns.“I feel awful that she endured that and was traumatized by it,” the MPP said.Nicholls, though, asked if her attack would have made the news if a different breed of dog, such as a Rottweiler or German shepherd, had been the aggressor.Nicholls said he first supported reversing the pit bull ban when fellow Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier introduced Bill 16 in 2012. That private member’s bill was co-sponsored by Liberal MPP Kim Craitor and New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo.“Then in 2016, I defended the rights of the ‘Chatham 21’ pit bulls,” Nicholls said, referring to the dogs seized during a dog-fight ring investigation in October 2015.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals made an application to the court to humanely euthanize the 21 dogs, but Nicholls supported the strong public outcry and court applications by animal rights groups to save the animals.“I fought hard to get those dogs released, despite the fact that there was breed-specific legislation that would not allow them to stay in Ontario,” Nicholls said.“They had to be sent out of jurisdiction to avoid being killed, and now many of them are service dogs. All of them are happy and healthy.“Court cases are ongoing as we speak, wasting tax money on trying to kill peaceful dogs deemed to be pit bulls.”Opponents say the current law is too vague, particularly in its definition of what constitutes a “pit bull” — which encompasses a variety of breeds that share similar features, such as a muscular build and squarish head.They also urge lawmakers to punish bad owners instead of the otherwise innocent dogs. Under the current law, owners were permitted to keep animals they currently owned as long as the dogs were spayed or neutered, and kept leashed and muzzled in public.Nicholls said the bill will be debated Thursday afternoon, noting it has the support of the NDP and the Green Party.But he acknowledged, “the reaction within my own caucus is mixed and I understand that, so we’re making it a free vote.” Former Canada Post letter carrier Darlene Wagner, seen here in this file photo from June 2004, shortly after being attacked by two pit bull-type dogs while delivering mail in a north Chatham neighbourhood, is terrified at the thought of Ontario’s pit bull ban being overturned. (Postmedia file photo)last_img read more

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Marshfield’s McManus, Hoheisel, Gilkerson named first-team all-Valley Football Association South

first_imgMcManus named VFA South Receiver of the YearBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield tight end Zach McManus was named the Valley Football Association South Division Wide Receiver/Tight End of the Year and one of three Tigers chosen to the first team on the VFA South all-conference team.McManus, a senior, and fellow seniors Nick Hoheisel at running back and Andrew Gilkerson on the offensive line were unanimous first-team picks for Marshfield, which finished 3-5 in the conference this season.Hoheisel led the VFA South in rushing with 1,449 yards and was third in overall scoring with 96 points (16 touchdowns).McManus also earned second-team all-conference at punter and was an honorable mention choice at kicker.McManus was a perfect 25-for-25 in extra points and 3-for-4 on field goals, was fourth in punting average at 35.8 yards per kick, and added 16 catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns receiving.“Zach had a great season blocking and catching the ball,” Marshfield coach Denny Goettl said. “He made our run game go and was also a very talented kicker and punter. He put in the time to get better and did it.“Nick had a great season and really put all he had into his efforts,” Goettl added. “He ran with a chip on his shoulder all season long and is one of the better backs we have had in a while in our program.“Andrew was the leader of the line and a great leader of our team. He’s the guy that went the extra mile in everything he did.”Joining McManus on the second team for Marshfield were senior quarterback Tyson Slade, senior defensive end Nate Beyer, Hoheisel as a return specialist, and senior cornerback Mason Metz.Slade was second in the conference with 1,060 yards passing and tied for third with seven touchdown passes in eight games.Honorable mention choices for Marshfield included offensive linemen Brandon Bell, Jared Heeg, and Josh Lang; wide receiver Jon Hardinger; defensive lineman Jon Wittman; and inside linebacker Aaron Peters.“We started the season with high expectations and never game up on them,” Goettl said. “We went through some tough times to say the least with all the injuries that we incurred, but the kids never gave up. We were a few points away from having a great record. The kids learned many lessons about character and caring about the man next to him.”Stevens Point running back Victor Kizewski was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Oshkosh North defensive lineman Zach Angle was picked as Defensive Player of the Year. Mike Gnewuch of conference champion Fond du Lac was named Coach of the Year.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015 Valley Football Association South Division All-Conference Team *unanimous selectionFirst TeamOffenseLinemen: *Mark Dilling, sr., Fond du Lac; *Brett Vandenboogaard, sr., Fond du Lac; Jacob Stein, sr., Hortonville; *Andrew Gilkerson, sr., Marshfield; Jacob Dedering, sr., Oshkosh North; *Jacob Erdman, jr., Stevens Point; *Jack Vruwink, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Tight end: *Zach McManus, sr., Marshfield.Wide receivers: Brock Young, jr., Hortonville; *Jose Alba-Zielinski, sr., Neenah.Running backs: Justin Maratik, sr., Fond du Lac; *Victor Kizewski, sr., Stevens Point; *Nick Hoheisel, sr., Marshfield.Fullback: Geoffrey Cullen, sr., Oshkosh North.Quarterbacks: Joe Jung, jr., Neenah; Tyler Kujawa, sr., Oshkosh North.DefenseLinemen: Graham Mulder, jr., Neenah; *Zach Angle, sr., Oshkosh North; Gavin Haehl, sr., Oshkosh North.Ends: *Aron Frank, sr., Fond du Lac; Josh Dorschner, jr., Neenah; *Jake Harlow, sr., Stevens Point.Inside linebackers: *Devon Krzanowski, jr., Fond du Lac; *Blake Kalwitz, sr., Hortonville.Outside linebackers: *Zack Gruett, sr., Neenah; Noah Ahlswede, sr., Fond du Lac.Cornerbacks: Ryan Collien, sr., Fond du Lac; *Kyle Witthuhn, sr., Hortonville; *Pierce Kauth, sr., Stevens Point.Safeties: *Jake Walgenbach, sr., Fond du Lac; Mikaal Geenen, sr., Oshkosh North; Evan Mallek, sr., Stevens Point.Kicker: Sam Herkert, sr., Oshkosh North.Punter: Jake Walgenbach, sr., Fond du Lac.Return specialist: *Victor Kizewski, sr., Stevens Point.Second TeamOffenseLinemen: Jay Perras, jr., Neenah; Manny Ramos, jr., Stevens Point; Brandon Winters, sr., Stevens Point.Tight end: Will Wright, sr., Fond du Lac.Wide receivers: Kyle Witthuhn, sr., Hortonville; Victor Kizewski, sr., Stevens Point.Running back: Eliot Dittmer, sr., Oshkosh North.Fullback: Brandon Patoka, jr., Stevens Point.Quarterbacks: Braden Stoeger, sr., Hortonville; Tyson Slade, sr., Marshfield.DefenseLineman: Gage Zahradink, sr., Fond du Lac.Ends: Nate Beyer, sr., Marshfield; Landon Mueller, jr., Oshkosh North.Inside linebackers: Walter Williams, sr., Oshkosh North; Grant Roth, jr., Stevens Point; Rian Ott, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.Outside linebackers: Jacob Enz, sr., Neenah; Mitch Sundstrom, sr., Oshkosh North; Austin Meulemans, sr., Oshkosh West.Cornerback: Mason Metz, sr., Marshfield.Safety: Zane Drummond, sr., Hortonville.Kicker: Joey Dorgan, jr., Stevens Point.Punter: Zach McManus, sr., Marshfield.Return specialist: Nick Hoheisel, sr., Marshfield.Honorable MentionOffenseLinemen: Mason Laning, sr., Fond du Lac; Dakota Wagner, sr., Fond du Lac; Mike Hills, sr., Hortonville; Jack Huebner, sr., Hortonville; Joey Schroeder, sr., Hortonville; Brandon Bell, jr., Marshfield; Jared Heeg, sr., Marshfield; Josh Lang, sr., Marshfield; Nick Ledwith, sr., Neenah; Cade Fredrick, jr., Oshkosh North; Malykee Hall, sr., Oshkosh North; Noah Gagnon, sr., Stevens Point; Andy Leiser, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Tight end: Derek Krzykowski, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Wide receivers: Jon Hardinger, sr., Marshfield; Alec Elkin, so., Neenah; Cameron Sorenson, jr., Oshkosh North; Chance Proehl, sr., Oshkosh West; Matt Rebholz, sr., Oshkosh West; Grant Czaikowski, sr., Stevens Point; Austin Glinski, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Isaiah Westfall, so., Wisconsin Rapids.Running backs: Brad Conger, sr., Hortonville; Gus Turner-Zick, jr., Stevens Point.Quarterbacks: Quinn Woelfel, sr., Fond du Lac; Alex Lowney, sr., Oshkosh West; Beau Rosenthal, jr., Stevens Point.DefenseLinemen: Tanner Koenigs, sr., Fond du Lac; Kyle Weisshahn, jr., Hortonville; Jon Wittman, jr., Marshfield; Evan Koehnke, sr., Neenah; Mark Wedde, sr., Stevens Point.Ends: Murphy Osmond, sr., Oshkosh North; Dawson Thurber, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Inside linebackers: Aaron Peters, sr., Marshfield; Samer Meshinesh, sr., Oshkosh North; DeShawn Dickinson, sr., Oshkosh West; Nate Engle, sr., Stevens Point.Outside linebackers: Carver Nolan, sr., Fond du Lac; Taylor Thomas, sr., Stevens Point; Keon’te Williams, jr., Stevens Point; Nathan Hepp, so., Wisconsin Rapids.Cornerbacks: Trey Halfmann, jr., Fond du Lac; Nathan Lichtfuss, jr., Hortonville; Weston Hertel, sr., Neenah; Joe Vils, sr., Oshkosh West; Joe Strigel, jr., Stevens Point.Safeties: Keagan Berandt, jr., Fond du Lac; Joe Cliver, sr., Hortonville; Cole Szezepaniak, sr., Neenah; Logan McConnell, sr., Oshkosh North; Reed Yoder, jr., Oshkosh West; Joey Roth, jr., Stevens Point; Cody Kiedrowski, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Kicker: Zach McManus, sr., Marshfield.Punters: Sam Herkert, sr., Oshkosh North; Dylan Ashbeck, so., Wisconsin Rapids.Return specialists: Reggie Hernandez, jr., Fond du Lac; Thomas Grube, so., Wisconsin Rapids.last_img read more

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Samsung On Why (And How) Your Future Smart Home Will Probably Be Theirs

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Samsung Electronics CEO B.K. Yoon talked up his company’s strategy to connect everything in your life. “The Internet of Things is ready to go,” he said in his keynote address. Turns out, Samsung’s latest and perhaps boldest IoT campaign is already underway. The not-so-secret ingredients: Its big TV and home appliance business, and its recent acquisition SmartThings, a developer-centric smart home company that works with more than a hundred other products.See also: Samsung Reveals Its Master Plan To Connect Your LifeSamsung’s already started connecting those dots. Here is its master plan. For Samsung, It’s Go TimeDespite Samsung’s flatlining sales in mobile devices, the $211 billion global tech giant sold more than 665 million products last year spanning televisions, refrigerators, ovens, washers and other home appliances, as well as phones and tablets. Over the next couple of years, the lion’s share of sales will focus on one thing: “By 2017, 90% of all Samsung products will be IoT devices, and that includes all our televisions and mobile devices,” he said. “And five years from now, every single piece of Samsung hardware will be an IoT device, whether it is an air purifier or an oven.” That’s a big leap for the company. Until recently, many of its home products didn’t talk to each other. But over the past few months, its new SmartThings division has been on a tear to integrate modules into Samsung appliances to smarten them up and finally click them together into a cohesive system. Now, the parent company announced that its smart TVs will also be able to act as a hub to monitor or control other home appliances. In that way, Samsung could have an edge over Google, with its nascent Nest- (and now Revolv-) based smart home efforts, and Apple, which is still trying to raise an iPhone-controlled army of products through its fledgling HomeKit initiative. Think of it this way: Convincing people to spend money on new, somewhat esoteric items is probably much harder than getting people to explore features their existing products can do. It just sounds like common sense. A Galaxy Of Connected ThingsYoon pledged to keep the connected platform open. SmartThings’ openness has been a major reason it became popular among device and software makers. These days, it boasts about 10,000 developers. Samsung wants to keep that interest going. “This year, Samsung will invest more than one hundred million dollars in the developer community,” said Yoon, which covers accelerator programs and developer events.As for SmartThings itself, it has been busy in its own right, said founder Alex Hawkinson. In addition to scrambling to integrate its technology into Samsung’s products, the former indie startup debuted a new hub that works through Internet or power outages. It has also been gearing up to roll out SmartThings Premium, a new subscription service for emergency alerts due out in April.  See also: SmartThings Wants To Make Samsung Work Harder In Your HomeChallenges To Mastering The Internet of Things Samsung may be known as an Android device maker and Tizen evangelist, but SmartThings plays no favorites. It works with Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and last month, Hawkinson told me that wouldn’t change anytime soon. Compare that to, say, Apple, whose HomeKit system relies on iPhones and iPads.  That’s yet another big advantage point, but Samsung’s success isn’t a sure thing yet. In fact, I had doubts about whether the company could pull off a smart home initiative and actually stick with it (some of which still remain). There are also two major challenges to overcome: making the system easier to use, and addressing security. See also: Intel And Samsung Join Battle Over The Internet Of ThingsIn my experience testing a SmartThings system, I found it comprehensive, but too complex for the average consumer. As for security—well, Samsung glossed over that on Monday. But it’s clear that at least SmartThings takes its connected home security seriously. I looked at its white paper last year, and described the variety of measures it used at the time: SmartThings reviews all of its partners’ apps and devices, to make sure they conform to its safety standards, and “handles all security testing to ensure that everything is up to their standards,” says a company spokesperson.The company’s white paper also outlines numerous protocols—from pin codes and two-factor authentication to firewalls, data encryption and sandboxing, which keeps SmartApps from accessing local system files on the software’s residing device. It even places its SmartThings hub in a special mode for pairing with Zigbee or Z-wave-enabled devices, to keep potentially malicious devices out.SmartThings was then a small but rising star in a budding smart home niche of a still nascent Internet of Things movement. Now its system may have more thrown at it than ever before—which can happen when you suddenly become a crucial part of a global corporation’s bid to dominate one of the hottest areas of technology. But if those connected dots stay intact and relatively disruption free, Samsung could go from Galaxy maker to a master in the smart home universe. Photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img adriana lee 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#connected home#Internet of Things#IoT#Samsung#smart home last_img read more

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Australian Open: Emotional Kvitova into Open semis with Tsitsipas and Collins

first_imgJanuary 22, 2019 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action.   –  REUTERS COMMENT The Czech had not gone past the last eight at a major since a burglar slashed her left hand in December 2016, forcing her out of the game for six months An emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career as the fairytale runs of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins continued at the Australian Open.The Czech had not gone past the last eight at a major since a burglar slashed her left hand in December 2016, forcing her out of the game for six months and leaving her with lasting nerve damage in the fingers of her racquet hand.But the eighth seed has bounced back and is on a sensational 10-match unbeaten streak after claiming the Sydney International warm-up title.She proved too much for Ashleigh Barty, crushing the local hope 6-1, 6-4, and was in tears afterwards as she reflected on her long journey back to the top.“Really, I didn’t imagine to be back on this great stadium and play with the best,” the two-time Wimbledon champion said. “It’s great.” Kvitova will face unseeded American Collins in the semi-final on Thursday and she desperately wants to reach Saturday’s decider.“I want it bad, that’s right,” Kvitova said.Collins, the world number 35, had never won a Grand Slam match before entering this year’s tournament but she stunned three-time major champion and second seed Angelique Kerber in round four.And the 25-year-old from Florida continued her Cinderella run by bouncing back spectacularly to down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.Collins, who has spent long stretches of her career playing small tournaments to build up her ranking points, was in big trouble after losing the first set to the world number 44.But she fearlessly battled back into the match to again stamp her mark on the tournament.“This has all been a really incredible experience,” she said.“This time last year I was playing a challenger (tournament) in Newport Beach. But, yeah, I think I’m really embracing it. It makes it a lot easier when you play in front of great fans and really good energy.” Greek sensation Tsitsipas was also living the dream after powering into the last four with a measured 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.The 20-year-old, who ended Swiss great Roger Federer’s tournament, became the youngest man to reach the semis at Melbourne Park since Andy Roddick in 2003 and the first player from Greece — man or woman — to get so far at Grand Slam.- Living the dream – His exploits line him up with semi-final against either fellow young gun Frances Tiafoe of the United States or 17-time Grand Slam-winning Spaniard Rafael Nadal.“I’m just living the dream, living what I’ve been working hard for,” said the 14th seed, who lives in Cyprus but trains at the academy of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou in France.“I feel a bit emotional but not too much — I know I really worked hard to get here, playing in semis of a Grand Slam.” Bautista Agut, seeded 22, acknowledged Tsitsipas was playing well, but with Nadal and Novak Djokovic still in the tournament he doesn’t give him much chance of winning the title.“Of course, he has a lot of time to improve, a lot of time to get enough experience to be in the finals of these tournaments,” he said.“But here I think Rafa and Novak are my favourites.” Nadal, meanwhile, looks to move another step closer to winning an event he has only claimed once before among his 17 major titles against Tiafoe, who announced himself on the world stage by beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson in the second round.The Spaniard, who has been in ominous touch so far, is wary of the threat posed by the 21-year-old, who has nothing to lose.“He has everything. He’s quick. He serves well. Very quick forehand,” said the second seed, who has not dropped a set so far.“He’s a very dynamic player, aggressive one. Of course, he’s dangerous.” SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTScenter_img × Published on Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action.   –  REUTERS SHARE sportlast_img read more

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